5 TED Talks that will help you find meaning in your work

Feel frustrated, dissatisfied, stuck in a rut? Let these speakers show you the way out. By Satyaki Sarkar

One of the most relevant quotes for any professional is, “Do what you love, and love what you do.” However, our work lives tend to be turbulent and stressful, and it becomes easy to feel frustrated, dissatisfied, and hopeless. We start to feel like we’re stuck in a rut. Some of the most prominent personalities have also faced the same debilitating hopelessness at some point in their careers, but they were able to emerge victorious because they were able to find some meaning in their work. Here are 5 TED Talks from these personalities that will help you feel rejuvenated at work.

Dan Ariely

1. Dan Ariely: “What makes us feel good about our work?”
Besides being a renowned behavioural economist and a James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Economics at Duke University, US, Dan Ariely also has a number of other credits to his name, including founding The Center for Advanced Hindsight, and three bestselling books on behavioural economics. In this insightful TED Talk, he talks about the core of what actually makes us find joy in our work, and uses two incredibly interesting examples to delve into how the human consciousness values the work done based on several other factors, besides paycheques. From appreciation and acknowledgement to being challenged, there are a lot of things that contribute to our love for our work, which can directly affect our quality of work and productivity.
Watch it here.

Sarah Lewis

2. Sarah Lewis: “Embrace the near win”
Bestselling author, curator, and Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, US, Sarah Lewis gained critical acclaim and recognition for her work in the art world. In this invigorating TED Talk, she speaks about how commitment, dedication, and devotion to mastery are what lie at the heart of success. Using examples from her life and lessons she learnt, she also speaks about how failures and the ‘near-wins’ are in fact not failures but what actually push us closer and closer towards success. The near-wins and failures instead of breaking us or making us give up actually motivate us to try harder, which in time catapults us to the success we search for.
Watch it here.

Scott Dinsmore

3. Scott Dinsmore: “How to find work you love”
This late entrepreneur and founder of Live Your Legend, a company that helps people around the world connect and find their passion, used to work at a Fortune 500 company, which he left to do what he truly loved. Scott delivered this inspiring TED Talk in 2012 before he passed away in 2015, during a year-long trek around the world. In it, Scott talks candidly about how he had been working at a job that not only made him miserable but was also not something he had any interest in doing. His account of how he quit his job and went on a journey of discovering what he truly enjoyed doing still serves as a massive source of inspiration for many, and delves deeply into how you can know yourself, find out what drives you, and ultimately do what you love to do.
Watch it here.

Kare Anderson

4. Kare Anderson: “Be an opportunity maker”
An Emmy award-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, and a columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post, Kare Anderson is widely celebrated for her pieces on behavioural research-based ways to become more connected and create opportunities for yourself at work. In this TED Talk, she speaks about how, in our professional life, we come across countless influential personalities and professionals regularly, but are never able to leverage those connections to help open doors for ourselves and create opportunities. She stresses the importance of collaborating with people, both in business and in our personal lives, and how thinking unconventionally and out of the box can help us create mutually beneficial opportunities for ourselves and the ones we interact with.
Watch it here.

Rick Warren

5. Rick Warren: “A life of purpose”
New York Times bestselling author of The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren is also an American evangelical Christian pastor and founder of Saddleback Church. In this TED Talk, Rick discusses how the widespread acclaim that his book received actually threw him into a crisis of purpose and self-doubt. He argues that when it comes to life and work the questions one asks are more to do with human issues than religious ones. From one’s own purpose in life to the entire view of the world itself, a lot of factors go into determining our success, and in order to achieve it, we need to first understand ourselves, before we try to understand and find reason in our work.
Watch it here. 

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